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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/10/2010

It's history: Winter 2009-2010 snowiest on record

By Jason Samenow

Records set at National, Dulles, and BWI Airports

*** Latest update: Winds, blowing snow still in high gear ***

Post updated at 3:15

Reagan National Airport (DCA) reported 1" of snow between 1 and 2 p.m., upping its storm total to 9.8". It has received 54.9" this year, exceeding the 54.4" of 1898-1899.

Keep reading for the full statement from the National Weather Service on the snow record not only DCA but also at Dulles and BWI...

...PRELIMINARY ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORDS SET AT THE THREE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON AREA...

AS OF 2 PM TODAY...WITH THE 9.8 INCH TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL MEASURED AT RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT...THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL IN WASHINGTON DC STANDS AT 54.9 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD FOR WASHINGTON DC OF 54.4 INCHES SET IN THE WINTER OF 1898-99. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR WASHINGTON DC DATE BACK 126 YEARS TO 1884.

AS OF 1 PM TODAY...WITH THE 11.9 INCH TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL MEASURED AT BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT...THE SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL IN BALTIMORE STANDS AT 72.3 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS ALL-TIME SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD FOR BALTIMORE OF 62.5 INCHES SET IN THE WINTER OF 1995-96. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR BALTIMORE DATE BACK 118 YEARS TO 1893.

FINALLY...AS OF YESTERDAY...THIS YEARS SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL AT DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STOOD AT 63.5 INCHES. THIS WOULD BREAK THE PREVIOUS SEASONAL SNOWFALL RECORD OF 61.9 INCHES SET IN 1995-96. AS OF 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON...THE TWO-DAY SNOWFALL TOTAL AT DULLES IS 8.5 INCHES...WHICH WOULD MAKE THIS YEARS SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL 72.0 INCHES. OFFICIAL SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR DULLES DATE BACK 48 YEARS TO 1962.

THESE PRELIMINARY STORM TOTALS ARE AS OF THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 10 FEB 2010...AND WILL BE UPDATED AFTER THE CURRENT SNOW HAS ENDED.

AS WITH ANY MAJOR CLIMATE RECORD ACHIEVEMENT...THESE PRELIMINARY RECORDS WILL BE QUALITY CONTROLLED BY NOAA`S NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA
CENTER OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

By Jason Samenow  | February 10, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  Local Climate, Snowmageddon  
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Comments

w00t!

Posted by: cosmo12 | February 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I am failing to understand this:

DCA reported 1" last year? And this ups our total how?

Posted by: gconrads | February 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

So, will the Feds be open Friday or not?

;)

Posted by: Bious | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Corrected statement to read "hour" instead of "year"

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

CWG, This storm is unbelievable. I predict that the schools in Montgomery County will be closed all of next week, Feb. 15 - Feb. 19. This estimate assumes that we don't get any more snow during the next week. However, I have heard reports that there's a possible storm on Tuesday. The new storm would then close school into the beginning of the following week, starting with Feb. 22.

Posted by: rginsburg | February 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Where's the party?

Posted by: tslats | February 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse


I find it amazing that those school divisions that haven't canceled for the rest of the week are still holding on to the hope that there will be classes tomorrow and Friday.


Posted by: mortified469 | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

YOWZA. And that record wasn't even measured anywhere close to the warm spot that now is DCA, right?

It's still snowing pretty good in North Arlington. It is light to moderate now, as opposed to the blast we got all morning. All that work shoveling is being quickly put to naught.

Posted by: BadMommy1 | February 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Snow seems to have stopped - West Springfield. For now...or for good?

I grew up in Phoenix...this breaks MY snowiest winter record.

Posted by: bikerjohn | February 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Our trash is supposed to be picked up tomorrow. I doubt it will happen, but is there any definitive source of information on this? Can the Post please put something on the website (or someone direct me to where it is)? We have a lot of trash here -- a family of four homebound all these days -- and I would hate to miss the pickup, even though bringing the cans out will be difficult.

Also, what's this about a storm Tuesday?

Posted by: motc | February 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update:
I just posted more photos to the slideshow of the whiteout conditions and heavy winds we've been experiencing in Alexandria all day. At the top of the post you'll find a nice 270 degree panoramic shot I pieced together with Pano on my iPhone. Also, I shot another video which I've embedded at the bottom of the post. I apologize for the audio but the wind is just too hard for the puny little microphone ont he Flip to handle. HD version is coming as soon as youtube processes it.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

NWS is now stating 20-30 inches in their latest blizzard warning for the Baltmore and Annapolis areas through Montgomery County.

Posted by: RandC | February 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@rginsburg

I'll defer to you and all others who have lived in the DC area for several years+, but I just can't believe they couldn't clear the roads in time for school to resume on Tuesday (Monday being a holiday, of course). If so, wow.

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | February 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree that tv news coverage of the storms has been exceptionally stupid. You can find more intelligent commentary on this blog, and in saying that I'm even taken into account the climate change nay-sayers and people from Buffalo/Chicago telling people here they're overreacting.

Posted by: watchingweather | February 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Props to Pepco. In Takoma Park, the whole town used to go out in a heavy fog. This time, most of the town is still up and running through all three storms. And where the power is out, they've been out on the scene before the plows.

Of course, the folks who ARE without power aren't going to agree. But once this is over, I'd like to see figures comparing the power disruptions this time to previous storms.

Posted by: bhirshon | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I propose a toast to the Winter of 2009-2010, like it or not. The bar is OPEN! What's everybody having?

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay, who's going to volunteer to print and sell the Official CWG Winter of 2009-2010 T-shirts?

Posted by: stuckman | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@stuckman - you could try googling "zazzle" - print to order ;)

Posted by: RandC | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Congrats again to CWG for ushering us bloggers through this historic event and record! Great job, all --

Posted by: krosseel | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@stuckman

We're working on t-shirts.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

stuckman, good idea. seriously!

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Stuckman:

As long as they don't say "I survived the Winter of '09-'10" With nearly six weeks to go, that would be tempting fate.

Posted by: bhirshon | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm with ya, Hoyas4Ever! (and am, btw, a hoya myself). I've got - hmm. 5 bottles of Smithwicks, some white wine, and a few bottles of Dom. Start the party!

On a more serious note - no new snow falling down here near Mt. Vernon - I think the only snow in the air is that coming off the trees, roofs, etc. Guess I'd better get out there and start shoveling (again) soon.

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

We have intermittent sun in Charles County, but it's still blowing a lot out there!

Posted by: FrozenTundraTransplant | February 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Awesome!! Are we really going to keep this going long enough to see 20" out here? I hope so, but I doubt it! Anyway, it looks as if we broke the all time record!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update::


HD version of video now up. The most recent video is at the bottom.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yay! So far, no stupid arguments about GW or CC on this new thread. Of course, people have the right to express their opinions here, but why the need for endless, pointless arguing back and forth about it? As far as I'm concerned, it's a political dispute anyway and not a scientific one.

Posted by: justmike | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm psyched for a t-shirt, and will be having mimosas, but not until 4.

Posted by: watchingweather | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

TerpzFan sorry to hear about leaks - can you describe the type that you are getting - key is getting snow away from the house to reduce melt and seepage if possible

Posted by: shackleton | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Great scoop!! Looking forward to the tees, CWG. Time to celebrate this historic hour by, well, going for a stroll!

BTW, Hell may also freeze over today. It looks like DCA could top IAD for this storm.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Here in Sterling it looks like the snow is ready to leave any second but it just keeps coming down. The radar shows it just keeps hugging Loudoun county. This is great. I hope I get off work tomorrow as well!

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 10, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sign me up for a t-shirt! I think it's a great idea.

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

alc_in_NoVa--It makes sense that we're the bartenders ;)...Hoya Saxa!

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice tongue of moderate snow sneaking back into DC from the north!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hoyas4Ever, you said,
"I propose a toast to the Winter of 2009-2010, like it or not. The bar is OPEN! What's everybody having?"

cheers! (hot chocolate and kahlua.)

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Looks like to snow has almost stopped in Vienna. BUT the radar looks like we may have more snow due to the wrap around?

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Anybody out there hear my questions about Manassas? Are we done for the snow?

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It's quit snowing in Reston, at least for the moment. Just finished another round of shoveling. Total new on the ground is about 7 inches.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

WHY won't this storm leave? We've been sitting on the edge of it for hours and now its getting worse. I am beginning to think it is never going away - ever.

Posted by: hereandnow1 | February 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, print up the t-shirts, polish the crown.
Snowiest ever. That's a record I never thought to see broken.
The only major old snowfall record left now in the Knickerbocker storm benchmark.
Maybe we can wait for next year on that one.
The shoveling arm needs a long vacation.
Thanks for great coverage on all these mega-snow events.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

hi manassasmissy - snow is all done in Manassas

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

As of 1 pm, Springfield, Va, Franconia section, had received about 10 inches of snow. Only flurries as of 2:30 pm.

I have recorded 61.7 inches of snow since Dec. 1.

Reagan National's longstanding seasonal snowfall record seemed like one of those never-to-be-broken weather statistics. How about a snow angel or two to celebrate the new mark?

Posted by: ricschwartz | February 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hoyas4Ever, CWG, and the rest of us bloggers - cheers to you and yours! I am having Bailey's & coffee. Trying not to freak out about the 20-30 inch forecast from NWS.

Posted by: kathyb39 | February 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Just went out to clear my walk (again) and take a walk around the neighborhood (Parkfairfax, Alexandria). Surprised to see water running down the street around the corner. I bet *that* will be fun to navigate later tonight!

Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

moderate snow here in northern PG County...it's amazing to hear that it's already sunny in parts of Loudoun and PW Counties!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Snow looks to FINALLY be done in Ashburn.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Calvert County in southern Maryland is being pounded! Heavy snow and high winds non-stop throughout the day. Our driveway is covered again and the snow is already reaching the top of the snow walls we made when we dug out. We'll easily be over a foot for this storm alone. Schools are closed the rest of the week.

Posted by: ron@5millers.us.fm | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

kathyb39 - to what forecast are you referring?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

grf - nowcasting current radar while looking out the window is confusing. Supposed to be slacking off here in Cabin John, MD but seemingly snow has just picked up. Also last hour, somehing you don't see every day: a dust devil made up of new fallen snow.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | February 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Farm buildings collapsing on Eastern Shore.

These stories will become commonplace in coming days. Just devastating weather.

Let's all hope and pray that Mother Nature gives us several weeks of tranquil weather.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I just measured 11.25" in N. Arlington at 1430 about 6 miles NW up the river from DCA. The wind is scouring a bit off the top off of my old measuring place, so I had to change over to a more protected area. Still quite windy with moderate snowfall and still some good-sized flakes here.

The wind seems to be keeping the snow from accumulating any more on the trees and wires. Hopefully we lost the weak trees over the weekend in Snowmageddon so that the power will stay up.

I think that we can quit with the snow once we have new record. :-)

@watchingweather - I haven't had the TV on all day. I agree w/your assessment of this site. I only found it during Snowpocalypse, but have been addicted ever since.

Posted by: wx_bob | February 10, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Hi Camden - blizzard warning:
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 20 TO 30 INCHES...WITH HIGHEST TOTALS NORTH AND EAST OF BALTIMORE. DRIFTS 3 TO 6 FT.

I'm in HoCo, about 2 miles south of Clarksville.

Posted by: kathyb39 | February 10, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

looks like things may start to finally ease up in dc after this next little band. dry air slowly pushing east as the bands keep rotating in. net result is dry air wins, but very slowly

Posted by: swishjobs | February 10, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Hawaiiexpat - snow here in DC is doing the same, bizarre blowing patterns. Surreal!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

hot chocolate and kahlua for walter; mimosas for watchingweather (a little early but we're starting to get busy). And justmike, AGREED! Only in Washington DC does a weather forum turn into a politcal debate!

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing here in Sterling.

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

CWG: Part of what brought me to this site a few weeks ago was some of the technical insight that you were adding in the comments. When someone would post a question, you would answer it. I realize that you can't answer everything but when someone adds that the NWS changed their forecast in Montgomery County to 20-30" it would be helpful to know why. I am worried that the site is getting too cluttered with people talking about names of storms and global warming.

I love the site and I think you guys do a great job. Just looking for more input rather than waiting for the next update.

Posted by: capsfan5 | February 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing at a reasonable clip here in Crystal City, albeit not as heavy as a couple hours ago. Sky is definitely brightening up, and I have to think the end is in sight. The winds are still going strong.

Posted by: acoberst1 | February 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@Hawaiiexpat - Just saw one of your "snow devils" here in my front yard in N. Arlington! Never seen one before, either. Just when I was thinking that it couldn't get any stranger here...

Posted by: wx_bob | February 10, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought the use of bold by commenters was strictly prohibited. Reserved for use by CWG, if I recall correctly.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 10, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

NWS radar loop still shows snow over Alexandria til 8 p.m. Not snowing now, so I'm wondering if this is some sort of backside virga or if the whole thing is just moving faster than the radar projection shows.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | February 10, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@GISman

In response to your request on a previous thread, you can get GIS Data (KML at least, not sure about SHP) on the NWS website: http://radar.weather.gov/GIS.html

Hope that helps!

Posted by: bdeco | February 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sun came out for about five minutes, wind blew around like crazy, now it's lightly snowing again, in So Central FFX County

Posted by: labs4m3 | February 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Potomac, Potomac...how much in Potomac, my childhood home? Now I see why NWS upped totals to 20-30" in Montgomery/Howard! These bands just keep on comin'!

Note that the GFS 12Z model run showed such an outcome through 00Z (7 PM). From afar, this is a totally amazing event. I remember how the Jan 6-8 1996 storm had its overrunning side (with 12-15 inches) followed by an extended back-end (another 9 or so inches of powder). But that was similar to "Snowmageddon".

In history (when we had measurements or estimates of the flow aloft), there has never been an event for DC/Balt quite like this! Just goes to show that like the proverbial snowflake, no two weather systems are totally alike...analogues only carry so far.

But, as I've posted earlier, the 2010 versions of the models did a fantastic job pinpointing this event, with liquid equivalent forecasts in the 0.75 to 1.5 range, which, including the hard to measure powder, made the 10-20 DC metro, 16-24 north central/northeast MD forecasts plausible.

The hard part begins tomorrow. Hopefully people continue to work together to stay safe, as seems to have been the case so far this winter.

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

1. Definitely count me as in the line for a shirt when snow is done. For the winter. If we actually have the snowiest ever. Especially at DCA, sheesh. :)

2. Sun is peeking out in South Riding/SE Loudoun. (I never know if people recognize the semi-newer locations!)

Posted by: leesweet | February 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm seriously wondering when schools in Fairfax Co. will reopen. Massive number of schools that will probably require front end loaders to move the snow. I agree with the earlier posting that they'll be closed all next week.
We just aren't prepared for this kind of snow here.

Posted by: mchristinaw | February 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Raw obs from DCA report another 1" (rounded) increase since the report that started this post.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

@bodypolitic1: Where in Alexandria? It's definitely still snowin' and blowin' here at Parkfairfax (off 395, across from Shirlington).

Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Cheers to you too, kathyb39. We are witnessing history. Not in our wildest dreams would we have imagined this a year ago, while breathlessly anticipating a 5-inch snowfall on March 1! Bailey's & coffee comin' right up...be careful it's hot.

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Personal note: I'm originally from Hawaii. It's probably in the low 80s there today. I moved here on purpose. I had to post this here because my wife is so cold (just by looking out the window) that she's not talking to me. May be appreciating the snow from the couch tonight with the dog.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

By about 2:30pm in Springfield, the snow seems to have stopped. The sky had been getting a bit brighter over the past hour. I get about 8 inches still in measuring, but considering drifting, there's very little accuracy.

Posted by: DrMeglet | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

capsfan, the NWS hasn't necessarily changed its forecast in MoCO. The 20-30 inch forecast is in the blizzard warning encompassing many counties. 20-30 inches is mentioned for the counties North of Baltimore. MoCo's point forecast is seperate from that.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I took a walk around the Downtown Silver Spring area and boy, the place looks eerie. The snow is light but the winds are a big factor.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The radar shows the trailing edge just lingering and lingering over DC. Go ahead and move on north already! This storm has snoverstayed its welcome, thanks very much.

Posted by: member8 | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The sun is peeking out in Fair Lakes!

@ThinkSpring, what did we end up with in Ashburn -- about 7" or so? Won't get back up that way until close to 8 tonight.

Posted by: natsncats | February 10, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

truyle:

'bout halfway between Old Town and Mt. Vernon. maybe a stray flurry or two - hard to tell with all the swirling wind-blown snow.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | February 10, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I just got in from shoveling for the last several hours. I noticed my gutters (and all my neighbors's gutters) are overflowing with ice because of the several feet of snow on the roofs. Being 30ft above the ground, I cannot get to it even if I wanted.

I see there's more snow for Monday? Say it isn't so!!

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 10, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad I'm not the only one drinking.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

My predictions:

Snow fall for Feb. 11 - Feb. 28: 10"
Snow fall for March: 30"
Snow fall for April: 25"

Snow fall total for season = 120"

Posted by: NYY1 | February 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

CWG - you guys pretty much nailed this storm.

Thank you for your continued excellent analysis and forecasting.

About 11" of fresh powder in an isolated (not prone to drifting or effects of buildings) spot here in Thomas Circle about 5 blocks from the White House.

You had me right on the line between 6-10 and 8-16.

Well done.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"farm buildings collapsing"... not to diminish the negative storm effects, but it seems the blog has it's own Debbie Downer... and you know, feline leukemia is the No. 1 killer of cats.

Sun tried to make it through, but the snow is still coming down in Geogetown for now. Depending on your point of view "all good things must come to an end" or "this too shall pass."

Posted by: manatt | February 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hill just said the storm is filling in on the back end because its getting more moisture from the ocean.

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 10, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@CWG is it totally out of the question that NW AA county could see 18" out of his storm?

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If DCA is indeed over 10" for the event, is this a DC 'official' all time record for # of 10+ inchers in a single winter?

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else have a migraine today from the storm? Got the visual "aura" about 11 this morning. That finally went away and now my head is pounding.

Was the barometric pressure that low today? I know some people had posted about migraines with this past weekend's storm.

Posted by: tsqnova | February 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you CWG!

I just had a stroll around Crystal City and by Route 1 - freaking ghost town. Only a few streets have been plowed but are difficult to even walk on. I gave up on measuring a while ago, but I'm extremely close to DCA so i'll have to go by that plus a few.

Posted by: pzkpfw | February 10, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

According to the warning e-mail that I just got from the NWS, the 20-30 inch accumulation covers the following areas:

WA-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-
MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF.HAGERSTOWN.FREDERICK.WESTMINSTER.
GAITHERSBURG.COLUMBIA.BALTIMORE.ANNAPOLIS

Posted by: LLLrrr555 | February 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! I see the sun! Out my back window in Vienna.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

yes...CWG had the same accumulation map well before the onslaught on the storm. And it seems to be very accurate. Generally closer to 16 rather than 8 in most areas north of the Beltway, but otherwise perfect...

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

CWG-make some of the Tshirts kids size...son still wants to be a "super meteorologists" cause they "ROCK"! Although it sounding more like "meteorists Rock"...we're working on it.

We are about to fill zip loc baggies with snow...place them around the house and see how long each takes to melt. We are even going to come up with a "hippopotamus" about our experiment.

Are we scraping bottom for entertainment?

Posted by: motherrunner | February 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

even if Doug Hill is correct about the backfilling theory, the shield of snow around DC is already weakening. Last gasp.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Here in North Central Carroll we have snow half way up our garage. We got at the least 2+ feet from this storm alone. Still snowing heavly with occasional gusts of wind.

Posted by: jamesgree | February 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

89th....

Still happening here in Riverdale Park, MD. Heavy snow, gusty wind. OMG I am going to have so much fun tomorrow!

Can't wait to see what walter-in-falls-church will come up with this time.

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing heavily (sideways) in southern Frederick County.

Posted by: LLLrrr555 | February 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hawaiiexpat,

Moved back here - home - after almost 7 years on Oahu in part because I missed the DC winters. Riiiight.

HAD I a wife . . . Good luck with that.

(Wonder if they've had the Kona Winds period yet this year.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | February 10, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@natsncats

Really hard to say, but I'm guessing around 8-9". Be careful getting back this way.

@manatt - You can't be serious. I'm a Debbie Downer for reporting on the destructive effects of this storm?????? You snow lovers are becoming insufferable.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 10, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax County just closed schools for the rest of the week:

"Feb. 10 - 3 p.m. -- All Fairfax County public schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12. Offices will be closed Thursday, Feb. 11. Essential personnel are to report to work."

Posted by: Melewen | February 10, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please tell me this is hysteria taking over:

"Meteorologists with Accuweather.com are monitoring a weather system "with the potential for a new round of heavy snow" on Monday, according to a statement from the service."

from 'Snomore Please' at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/#blizzard2

Posted by: dowling855 | February 10, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

wxdancer: I was happy because we got the all-time snowfall record and a record 3 double-digit snows in one season, to say nothing of only the second (right?) 30+ month on record. Am I missing a double-digit storm? You said 4...

As for the measuring point in 1899, I'd guess that today, that spot doesn't get any more snow than DCA does, and it might get less. Remember how much bigger and warmer the urban heat island is now than it was in 1899.

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

95-96, 02-03, 09-10... beware the winter of 2016-17!

Posted by: snowbiz | February 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Tom Kierein said a "few inches" is possible with this one.

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The snow is slowing moving out of the Eldersburg area. Intensity of the snow is down, but the wind is still howling! 21+ inches of new snow on the ground here with 5 foot+ drifts. For this area, the forecast was a bit of a bust on the high side. The snow totals coming out of Carroll County (and the ones we'll soon to see out of Baltimore and Harford Counties) are MUCH higher than expected. I just hope BWI can open runways by Friday AM!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok, records smashed. This winter is #1. Now, time to move along. C'mon spring.
6 ft at Dulles?? Wow.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Being that we're supposed to go to Hershey to see the Bears on Sunday, I expect another blizzard...

Posted by: ValleyCaps | February 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Looks like Bowie and Upper Marlboro are getting creamed right now.

Here, Laytonsville, MD, Visibility is still under 300ft. Serious drifting.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

My guess is the Governemnt reopens tommorrow with the opportunity to use leave if you still can't make it in.

Posted by: USNavy28x | February 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - I think you might want to change your name to....IfYouCan'tBeatEmJoinEm!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The sun is out now in Manassas, though very hazily so; it's peeking through cloud cover. Still very cold, but the wind isn't too severe. Actually, the temperature seems to have gone up slightly and the snow/ice that was still on my car windows earlier has gone. I was able to cut a path out to the street (which has been plowed) for my car without too much effort, the accumulation on the pavement was only maybe 3" - 4". Will have to be very very careful tomorrow morning because of the large amounts of ice that are certain to be around, but I should be able to get to work.

Posted by: jadmirel | February 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@USNavy28x

There's no chance the FED is open tomorrow in DC. Metro will not be able to dig out the above ground lines; Friday is questionable. Not to mention DC will need at least a day to plow out of this. I think the FED will re-open Tuesday; Friday at the earliest.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

finished my cocoa and kahlua. kathy's coffee and bailey's sounds good.

i'll be driving to baltimore this afternoon and.... just kidding! not going anywhere - except a stroll around the neighborhood. what a day (again)!

it's really TRYING to stop snowing here, but...this storm just won't leave! anyway, still just barely snowing. i'd say we got 8 or 9 or 10 inches....but who knows....with the drifts?!?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I've been very calm and serene but the prospect of another snowstorm Monday is making me PANIC. Any info? Thoughts? Prognostications?

Also, I cannot find any info on trash removal tomorrow in DC. Anyone?

Posted by: motc | February 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

What does this mean:

THESE PRELIMINARY RECORDS WILL BE QUALITY CONTROLLED BY NOAA`S NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA
CENTER OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

Does this mean that the snow is stored in a vault somewhere :)?

Posted by: shackleton | February 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, tsqnova, so sorry about your migraine! I wonder if there's a weather connection like you suspect -- something to do with atmospheric pressure, maybe? Or just all the excitement and stress?

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sun sighted from Fort Myer Heights. Very brief, though. Still snowing and blowing.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Bastardi says the Sunday/Monday storm is going south. No merging of the jet streams. Just a clipper for the DC area with a couple of inches. The following weekend could be a different story; but that's a long way off.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

NWS just issued an updated snow total of 20-30 inches. It's been snowing like crazy for the past 1-2 hours here in Columbia. The official NWS snow total for Columbia at 1 pm was 11.5". Hard to say how much more we've gotten since then.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
306 PM EST WED FEB 10 2010

MDZ004>007-010-011-110300-
/O.EXT.KLWX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-100211T0300Z/
FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-HOWARD-
SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FREDERICK...WESTMINSTER...COLUMBIA...
BALTIMORE
306 PM EST WED FEB 10 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING...

THE BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS
EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 20 TO 30 INCHES...WITH
HIGHEST TOTALS NORTH AND EAST OF BALTIMORE. DRIFTS 3 TO 6 FT.

* TIMING...HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS
EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWER 20S.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 55 MPH.
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO A QUARTER
MILE OR LESS AT TIMES... PRODUCING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

Posted by: beach57 | February 10, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

first sign of the sun in Clarendon. still moderate and blowing snow.

Posted by: novajeffc | February 10, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

CWG, how is snowfall measured when it's blowing so around severely in blizzard conditions? We had shoveled our driveway completely and had 7" back at noon.

Posted by: elizestrada | February 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sun peeking out in Ashburn

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Holy wind Batman - just blowing like Topper said it would. Legit ground blizzard here in Southern Loudoun right now.

Posted by: DullesARC | February 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Canopies collapsing at American University.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-beat/Canopy-Collapses-at-AU-84038872.html

I guess you could wish for warmer weather, but that would lead to serious flooding. Oh dear.

Despite brightening skies, it's still snowing in Georgetown :))

Posted by: manatt | February 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Final flakes (falling, anyway) here in DC

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hate to ask a repeat question - but what is the CWG prediction for federal closing on Thursday Feb 11?

Thx

Posted by: jbongard | February 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I can no longer tell if it is still snowing or if the wind is just blowing the snow around here in downtown Silver Spring. It is still wicked nasty outside!

Posted by: JLF03 | February 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the snowfall is becoming ligher (but the wind is not) here in NW DC, I estimate 13" of new snow-judging from a protected wall that was clean yesterday.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@wxdancer, I doubt there have been three previous recorded winters on record with three 24th & L/DCA snowfalls of 10"+, but will leave it to CWG to verify. Certainly not since 1966!

Just back from climbing the Glover Park Alps. Now I know what it's like to be in a Great Plains blizzard. Have never seen "overhang" or cresting snow drifts hereabouts before but I did see one coming up the steep hill on 39th St.

The storm is now definitely winding down in NW D.C. Looks like the eastern suburbs are still getting it, though.

We should be closing in on the all-time monthly snowfall record (Feb. 1899) for Washington. Will also leave that one for CWG.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@shackleton: They double-check the snow to make sure some goofball didn't dump talcum powder in the snow gauge.

Posted by: kevinwparker | February 10, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Snow Snow Snow afloat.. Gently Snowverkill... Merrily Merrily Merrily.. No more til next year!!

Posted by: pgoco | February 10, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

CWG, can you please estimate when the snow will be out of Montgomery County? I'm really starting to think it's never going to stop. Thank you.

Posted by: formerwxman1 | February 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, the house finally sprung a leak. There is a 2 foot overhang over my front with the gutter right above it, below the mansard roof. The ice build up has forced some water to find its way along the inside of the soffit, and through the molding of my new front door. So, I have a very slow drip of water right inside the front door. Damn, cannot believe it. I know I'm not the only one, and I hope this is the worst that it gets, but still.

I'm really not sure what to do except try to see if I can get some of that ice off the gutters again. I tried yesterday, but it's like and inch of concrete for the most part.

Ugh.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Although I am only about 8-10 miles SW of IAD and Sterling's office, I have had 84 inches this year - I had a few more inches with each of the smaller events earlier that give me the extra foot. 16 inches to get to the century mark. I have a feeling that we are going to hit it in the next month.

Seven Feet of Snow. Feeeeets and Feeeets of snow.

Posted by: DullesARC | February 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

With continued warming of the oceans and thus continued absorption of moisture into the atmosphere, I think it's safe to say we can expect more damp winters like this one in the future.

Looks like DC will have to budget more for snow removal and less for education. Ooops, looks like they already budget next-to-nothing for schools. My bad.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | February 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I say it's getting lighter here in Glover Park, NW DC, because I can now, for the first time all day, see the woods out in the distance, beyond my windows.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

HEY CWG TEAM: I WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE WEATHER CHANNEL TODAY!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiBrmWTr4BY

Greg

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 10, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I have taken a course in Tea Bag logic, and have come to the following conclusion: the snow is President Obama's fault. Obama is a commie, 20 years ago Russia was commie, Russia has lots of snow, therefore the snow is Obama's fault because he is a commie.

Time to apply for an internship on the palin tea bag express...

Posted by: John1263 | February 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Went out to shovel in Olney. I couldn't measure because the yardstick is blown over and buried somewhere. Big wind gusts and blowing snow and it is still coming down here in Montgomery County.

I cleaned off the heat pump and the connections were buried in ice as icicles are dripping (bizarre factor) and then the drips refreeze into inches of ice.

I enjoy reading these posts.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 10, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Once again... where are all the people shouting BUST this time yesterday (and this time last week as well)?? Any of you care to comment on this, or perhaps give us more of your insightful commentary on how the rest of the winter will go?

Posted by: skaterman2297 | February 10, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Greg, was that you from Leesburg, I believe?! Saw that! Nice job.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So... um, when's the next storm?
I heard something about next week.


hey, anyone have any bread?
That was the only thing we could not find yesterday. we have been snarfing everything you can imagine on Triscuits though.
It's kind of like party food over here!

Posted by: rdb2 | February 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Wondering what everyone thinks the chances are of the Federal Government being open on Friday (I think its safe to call tomorrow off)...

I'd say about 10%.

Posted by: dsmith236 | February 10, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Crazy winds in Centreville VA. Picking up vast quantities of snow & driving sideways. I think it's useless now to finalize car cleanup efforts.
The snow is over(in VA & DC....sorry MD), but this is still a dangerous storm.

@bobosnow so sorry about your house.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Greg - Insanity now. Nice!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Weather Gang, I was supposed to pick up my fiancee last Saturday and finish up our move to Boston yesterday. With all this snow its been pushed back a week. My question is will he be able to fly in this Saturday?? What about us packing up a pod on Monday and driving to Boston Tuesday? Our lease here is about to be up...so let me know what you think so I can make some sort of plan C.

Thanks!!

Posted by: nmoen | February 10, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - not buying that the last of the snow is here as the big bands seem to be shifting back towards as vs away from us.

Posted by: hereandnow1 | February 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who really detest the NWS DCA site being the "official" measurement of weather in DC, Doug Hill gave an excellent, concise opinion on why it isn't appropriate. Essentially, he said that not only does it skews the numbers down in the winter, but it also skews the numbers down in the summer. But, in closing, he said it really doesn't reflect the real impact of weather on the region.

I hope the NWS considers moving the "official site" to someplace else more reflective of the impact of weather on the region.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | February 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, Science Daily is warning that Springs following wet winters are five to six times more likely to have multiple dangerous tornado days.

C'mon ThinkSpring, have a drink with us. Of course we're all hoping and praying that everyone is safe. Life is dangerous here on Planet Earth.

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like snow's trying to quit here in Alexandria...but still pretty breezy. What's the general forecast for next 12 hours in NoVA? Can we expect this end-of-snow trend to continue? (The correct answer is YES)

Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

All you "global warming" eco-nut fanatical supporters, let's see if you'll get some poetic justice if we send you to DC and get buried by 5-10 feet of snow.

Incidentally, CO2 or carbon dioxide is what we exhale and it's what the trees inhale. It's not poisonous and it's not a pollutant. Without CO2, the trees would die and there'll be no plant life on earth. CO or carbon monoxide is the pollutant. The "global warming" wacko politicians, including Al Gore and Schwarzenegger, and the "global warming" scientists often confuse between the 2 compounds.

Posted by: ry1975 | February 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Good thing we have global warming.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The wind has picked up here in Gainesville, and there is tree debris all over the snow in our backyard. Temps still holding steady around 30 degrees. Snow stopped some time ago, but it's blowing around now.

Posted by: jaradel | February 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow.. 5" of new snow at BWI airport past 3 hrs. Snowdepth now an amazing 33".. almost 3 feet on the level! A historic winter for sure...

Posted by: snowbiz | February 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Make it stop snowing at BWI. Please. Uncle. UNCLE!! Totals in a lot of the area north of DC are going to be between 18-28 inches; WOW!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, SCIENTISTS often confuse things?? Uhh, I think the post-1995 preferred term is "Global Climate Change." The numbers are there: look 'em up.

"It's a fact!" (Said in a Scottish accent.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | February 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@singleseat, who wrote, complaining about DCA as the site of the NWS:

"I hope the NWS considers moving the "official site" to someplace else more reflective of the impact of weather on the region."

QUESTION: WOULD NOT THE SAME ARGUMENT OBTAIN SOMEWHERE ELSE? WHAT THE EFF DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE IF IT WERE DCA, OR ANNANDALE VA, OR NW DC? YEAH, THERE'S PROBABLY BE SOME DIFFERENCES IN THE TEMPS, RAINFALL, SNOWFALL, ETC., WHEREEVER THE HELL THE NWS PLACES ITSELF IN THE REGION, RIGHT? SO HOW DOES IT FOLLOW THAT PLACING THE NWS IN ANOTHER LOCATION MAKE IT "MORE REFLECTIVE OF WEATHER IN THE REGION:? HUH?

That's a pretty dumb a ss statement, you have to admit!

SHEESH!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Or were you just screwing with me, ry1975? Ohh, I see what you did there. You got me.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | February 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the snow has about stopped here in N. Arlington.

How many local snow event have we had this winter? I have five recorded - 19 Dec, 30 Jan, 3 Feb, 5/6 Feb, and today. I thought there was another one earlier than Dec but I can't remember for sure. Thanks for your help!

Posted by: wx_bob | February 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

ry1975, your post clearly shows your lack of understanding when it comes to Global Warming. CO2 is responsible for global warming. If you don't believe me, spend a couple of minutes covering yourself up with a blanket at night and see if it doesn't get warmer. When there is more CO2 in the atmosphere than the trees can take in, that means it's only going to get warmer. CO2 also isn't the only thing that warms the atmosphere.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh for the love of Pete, we've been hijacked again. Save the CW talk for the GW articles folks, we've got a blizzard on our hands.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

So...seeing that's it's only mid-feburary, it is too crazy to suggest that we might add on to our season snow totals before all is said and done?

*hides under a snow drift...*

After all, it'll be weird to have a week where it doesn't snow 10 inches.

Posted by: SWester2010 | February 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

GW talk, oops.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

After taking several measurements it looks like we ended up with a foot here in what was described yesterday as the Bermuda Triangle between North Arlington, Falls Church, and McLean.

Posted by: TheLongWinter | February 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Ummm... what? This seems a little bullish...

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/threats/threats.gif

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | February 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Brian-like I said earlier, talk of GW interspersed with local weather is VERY relevant to this blog! Why is it so hard for you and others to get that connection, huh?

As for the "blizzard" it may be on where YOU are, but here in NW DC IT IS NO MAS-light snow and wind blowing, but no white-out conditions at all.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, DC sets a record by the count at National Airport. (And how can one airport be named for two presidents?) But, we all know the average snow level for these two blizzards has been higher than the readings the weather service gets at National. My measurement at 16th and Belmont NW was a good 5 inches higher then their measurement for the weekend storm. So, if you want to compare apples to apples, I don't think the locations of National and BWI accomplish that when it comes to measuring accumulations.

Posted by: jhiscott | February 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If CWG is going to do a t-shirt, how about one at the end of all the snow with all the records on it swirling in a blizzard or something.

Posted by: TVDIVA | February 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It's as if we're stuck in the movie Groundhog Day!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Great weather site guys. I was just told about it this week...just in time. Thought snow had quit 2 hrs ago. Saw the sun. Shoveled. It's been coming down harder this last hour than all morning! Any hope for Bowie??

Posted by: Steve-in-Bowie | February 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Not to get off topic, but is it too early to predict anything about the potential for snow early next week? My Weatherbug gadget says we might get snow on Monday.

Posted by: jaradel | February 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Bobosnow, I am hoping the same problem does not occur over my master bedroom. I have some serious ice damming going on near the downspout. It's over 30ft above ground, so even if I was able to get up there with a ladder, I doubt I could do much except remove the gutter and clear the snow. I think homeowner's insurance will cover damage from ice damming, so take a look at your policy.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

For everyone who hasn't yet posted their comment on "look at the global warming now/Al Gore can shovel my car out", I've got a fabulous joke as fresh as your global warming comments:

What's black and white and read all over?

A newspaper!!!

Hahahahahaha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I hope no one died laughing.

Posted by: elizestrada | February 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you GW folks open up your own chat space somewhere, anywhere but here, and leave the rest of us in peace. We're all totally sick of it!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now- low forms off the Delmarva on Monday and brings 10" to DC, 15" to Baltimore, and 20" to Philly, NJ, and Long Island. Just like today!! And then the Fed Gov't. closed on Tuesday after Monday's holiday!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@arrabbiato, I have to agree with you. The last thing we need to do is move official measurement site to obtain inflated snow totals, inflated temperature extremes, etc. One reason why is that the current snowfall record set today needs to have an asterisk next to it because the 1898-1899 season was measured from a different location. Moving the site would also create doubt about climate change science. (How can you trust increasing temperature data if some of the official recording sites were moved specifically to record increased temperature in the summer?) No, we need a consistent location to record official weather statistics. Doug Hill is an imbecile.

Posted by: prokaryote | February 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

First of all, arrabbiato, yes, it is very relevant, when we have articles and discussions on it. Which we provide plenty of.
Secondly, it may not be a blizzard where YOU are, but for many in our area, there is still heavy snow coming down and white-outs a-plenty.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me "GW" talk is?

Posted by: otavio | February 10, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice video, Greg! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE SNOW is falling here in Glover Park, NW DC-very strong winds though. Snow plow trucks are out on the roads already.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems to be tapering off here in Silver Spring, but, it is still snowing.

Posted by: Murre | February 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

arrabbiato is a troll. He gets his energy from your responses; don't feed him.

Posted by: SWester2010 | February 10, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Brian, apologies. For those who wish to have more than one comment thread going:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/02/no_the_snow_does_not_disprove.html

There's only one person who wants to have a GW thread here. I'm a CWG guy all the way. My tit-for-tatting is done. Again: apologies.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | February 10, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hill IS an imbecile, procaryote-straight up! David Letterman got that right years ago-(although he formally apologized to Doug Hill later)

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@ Steve

Monday's threat can be generalized this way - GFS is spitting out a half inch or so of liquid five days out. Thats heavy snow; six inches shuts this town down in winters past. Who am I to argue with the models this year?

Posted by: DullesARC | February 10, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It looks like there's yet another new post up.

Posted by: Murre | February 10, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

No, SWester, I am not a "troll." BUT YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, SHOW THAT YOU ARE NOT VERY BRIGHT FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE DEFINITION OF A "TROLL" TRULY IS, RIGHT?

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@ry1975
"Incidentally, CO2 or carbon dioxide is what we exhale and it's what the trees inhale. It's not poisonous and it's not a pollutant."

Actually it can be poisonous. Watched a show about 2 African lakes "turning over" and the amount of CO2 that was released killed over 2000 people, plus animals, insects, etc.

Everything in small doses - even snow :-)

Posted by: kygurl94 | February 10, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@ arrabbiato

Brian and the rest of the CWG set the tone since this is their house. They asked you nicely to keep the topic on the SNOW even not GW but it seems that you can't take nice warning. If you really want to talk about GW, why don't you find some other place to do that and leave the rest of us to talk about the SNOW event. Cheers mate!

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 10, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

No need to shout, arrabi. The cabin fever is getting to us all.

As for next week's models, is it really possible to get another onslaught of heavy snow? And I presume no time for significant melting between now and then?

Great work CWG!

Posted by: SWester2010 | February 10, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Brian, but, much as you would like to, you will NOT be able to prevent anyone here on this blog (short of being a fascist and deleting the comments) from interspersing their local weather observations with comments/links re GW as well-you just won't and shouldn't! The two go hand in hand WITH SUCH EXCEPTIONAL WEATHER-THE KEY IS THE EXCEPTIONAL BLIZZARD SNOWSTORM/SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR AN AREA THAT NEVER RECEIVES THIS MUCH!

OTHERWISE, I MIGHT AGREE WITH YOU THAT IT WOULD NOT NECESSARILY BE RELEVANT ON A WEATHER BLOG, BUT, BUT! GIVEN THE RECORD SNOWFALL TOTALS, IT IS RELEVANT TO TALK GW HERE AND ITS POSSIBLE CONNECTION TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY WEATHER AS WELL!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sadly the storm has already claimed lives on I80 with a 50 vehicle pileup involving 30 semis. Please if you don't have to be on the road, don't go out. If you are slow down and be aware of this dangerous situation on the roads.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Did someone shut down this thread?

Posted by: krosseel | February 10, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I believe this weather will continue, until Al Gore is offered as a burnt sacrifice to Ma Nature. I could be wrong, but why take a chance?

Posted by: truck9009 | February 10, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Since the snow fall at National Airport is not indicative of any area snow totals, and typically much lower than anywhere in the area, why is that location used? Wouldn't it be more accurate to measure snow fall in a location actually in the District? Most times snow fall totals at National are a fraction of the actual area totals inside the District and in spots inside and outside the Beltway. Any info or thoughts about this?

Posted by: Dylan48 | February 10, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@arrabbiato: Your caps lock is on.

Posted by: gjtbiz | February 10, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This will probably upset some people as 'belittling' but I believe it's fair to say this to keep a perspective on things.

The AVERAGE snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota is 69 inchs per year.

Now you can say Wow! We are close to beating their average, or you can say whatever you please. But, this amount of snow is not impossible to deal with. The biggest issue here is that this all happened in 3 relatively short snowstorms so while Minnesota gets it's snow throughout the winter, DC got all this in just 3 storms. Impressive but also something to think about.

Question - Should DC have the ability to restore roads to useable condition within 24-48 hours of a 2 foot snow? This is after all this nations capitol/nerve center. Unfortunately the captiol area and that includes DC, VA and MD, keep building as if the area is in the tropics. Schools cannot cope with the smallest amounts of snow and mass transit barely copes with needs in fair weather. (Lest we forget Metro was built without rail heaters for above ground lines despite the clear history of significant snow and ice conditions every winter.

So how about it folks. Should the nations capitol step up the challenge and takes steps to avoid another week long shut down for the next bizzard?

Posted by: AmzgGrce | February 10, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

From Cleveland (temp. in Alexandria area now)

Roads should have been passable by Monday.
(they were plowing with the blades raised quite high) on the roads they went down. Then again people parking on the main roads should have been towed or "too bad" if they are plowed in.

Today - Wednesday should have been the first weekday schools and businesses were closed.

DC home of Emergency Mgmt and Preparedness?

That should go to Cleveland or Buffalo or some location that doesn't close for days on the FORECAST of snow.

(Funny how many people managed to get out for coffee or snowball fights?)

Posted by: Justice26 | February 10, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

How long before we see the benefit concert for the New York snow ?

Posted by: mpt1123 | February 10, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

John1263 - What a ridiculous lib - there is enough REAL legit arguments to makie abut THE ONE. We are NIOT you and don't need to act like you do with President George W Bush.

Tea party folks are about govt waste, spending and unfair taxation - you know voting (with your own hand out) to make OTHER people pay.

Oh, and the "making fun" of people who laugh at GW and saying they are fools because they won't jump into the fallacy of mm GW and call it CC? So ridiculous - lemmings.

Posted by: Justice26 | February 10, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hello, CWG...from Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, MD. I will say about 18" or so has fallen here and it's still coming down. What a pounding we've had with the Christmas and two February blizzards. Amazing.

A plow came down our cul-de-sac but stopped at the "elbow" and didn't go any further. Naturally, it dumped huge boulders of compacted snow and chunks of ice clear across my driveway entrance after I worked so hard to clear stuff from the weekend storm and 3-1/2" that had accumulated by about 9:30 last night. :-) Took about 2 hours getting all the obstruction out of there.

Anyway, both the Post and the Sun in Baltimore have done a great job with storm coverage, including the Post's CWG and the Sun's Maryland Weather Blog. Outstanding sources of storm-related info as well as interesting weather trivia and other Snowpacalypse or Snowmageddon stuff. It's been fun reading the snow totals as the white stuff kept piling up and up and up and smashing historic records. (Sorry, we love snow!)

Posted by: wings100 | February 10, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the life of a Canadian ;)

Posted by: affinityclick | February 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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